Our team

What is a Toy Library?

The Toy Library Federation of NZ motto is ‘Play is the way”.

A Toy Library is a great way to access fantastic toys at little or not cost. At the Waikouaiti-Palmerston Toy Library for a small annual fee, you can hire our toys for free! Yes, you are not reading that incorrectly! We value the importance of learning through play for our children. The Toy Library wants to connect families with toys and resources with families, so all our children are directly advantaged. Toys are an important way of helping your child to develop different skills, encouraging their imagination and helping them learn about sound, touch and how things work. In East Otago reuse and recycling is a big drive. By using the Toy Library, you will be helping the community minimise toys and plastic that will end up at our local landfill. Would you like to directly help your local Toy Library? We welcome with open arms anyone in the community with or without children who would like to join our committee or volunteer team to help us with this exciting project!

Caroline Ryder


I''m a Wellington refugee who moved to Karitane in mid-2017 with my husband and young daughter. I volunteered at our former Toy Library and stepped up to becoming a member of the committee here, primarily to meet people.

Rachel Scott


I am a mum to two busy kids who love visiting the Toy Library because of the exciting toys!

Chelsea Morrison

Committee Member

I am a mother of two little people who love getting different toys out every few weeks. Especially the big ones we don’t have space to store long term!

Kate Mossman


I am a mother to a very active toddler. I like the opportunities Toy Libraries give families, ensuring every child has the chance to enjoy new, age appropriate toys.

Ashleigh Dawson

Committe Member

Hayley Wearne

Committe Member

Karla Powe

Grant Coordinator & Toy Buyer

I've been involved with the Toy Library for the past four years and enjoy being able to help provide a service for families to access a wide range of toys.  My two young boys love coming in fortnightly to choose from the huge number of toys available.